JUMEIRAH ISLANDS Location: Between interchanges 5 and 6 on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Description: A self-contained Dubai community of 50 islands featuring different architectural styles

Good for: Those seeking peace and quiet, Jumeirah lake Towers (JLT) commuters

Details: Developer Nakheel’s flagship development – and certainly one of its most picturesque to date – Jumeirah Islands is its own serene little world within Dubai. The gated community of luxurious villas and townhouses consists of 50 manmade islands (also called clusters) spread across 600 hectares, 46 of which are residential. The properties feature multiple variations of construction, all bordering picturesque artificial saltwater lakes. On each island there are sixteen uniquely styled homes, and over the entire development there are five distinct architectural concepts on display.

Firstly, ‘Oasis’ style homes have a natural sanctuary concept with the villas overlooking a central garden cultivated with flora, therefore welcoming a wide selection of bird species. For expats who might miss the greener lands of home, this is a wonderful setting to live in. Meanwhile, the ‘Mediterranean’ style properties are surrounded by cascading water features and there is a relaxing waterfront vibe reminiscent of Spain and Greece. The ‘Islamic’ homes have been built with a design concept that nods to the Ottoman, Mumluki, Moroccan and Abbasi cultures; the surrounding gardens display beautiful floral patterns of Islamic tile. The ‘European’ style homes showcase stunning geometry, with the grounds influenced by the gardens of 17th century France, including large, beautifully manicured shrubbery and colourful flowering beds. Finally, the ‘Tropical’ properties make the most of the lovely lake views and are set amidst lush, landscaped gardens.

For extra appeal, each of the 736 furnished villas has its own private swimming pool. On average, each property has four to five bedrooms and the villas range in size from 5,101 to 7,200 square feet. Nestled as it is away from the bustling city, Jumeirah Islands residents can stroll along pleasant walkways soaking in all the unique styles of architecture, calming waterfalls, and pretty landscaping – whilst hopping around easily over connecting bridges. Jumeirah Islands also boasts a range of community amenities, such as a clubhouse with its own gym, a well-stocked supermarket, and a neighbourhood restaurant. Although the community feels secluded, it is in fact very close to popular areas such as Dubai Marina and Jumeirah lake Towers, with plenty of malls, restaurants and hotels.

Interesting fact: The community has a land-to-water ratio of around two to one, which is the highest in the world.